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Meetings Suck (Productivity Ep 5)

In our final episode of this productivity series we take a deep dive into how to prepare for and run better meetings, and some tricks to make sure that what was discussed at the meeting, actually gets done. We'll hear from Mamie Kanfer Stewart of Meeteor, Charlie O'Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Cameron Herold the author of Meetings Suck and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK

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Achieving Deep Work (Productivity Ep 4)

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill, because of our modern times, that is becoming increasingly more difficult to achieve. Today we outline some helpful practices that you can do to integrate deep work time into your everyday work life.

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Interview: Ron Wiener of Thermogenesis Group on the science of working while walking

Ron Wiener, the CEO of the Thermogenesis Group who runs the site Workingwhilewalking.com talks with us about the benefits of standing desks and walking desks and the science behind what happens when you get on the move during your work day.

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Interview: Matt Hunckler of Verge

Matt Hunckler is the founder and CEO of Verge, an event company that helps startup communities produce pitch events in their local towns. Matt spent the better part of 2016 on the road building his company and these communities and shares with us some of the techniques and tools he used to keep himself and his team productive while traveling.

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Email is dead! Long live email! (Productivity Ep 3)

Slack, Hipchat, Campfire - Chat applications have taken over our modern work communication. While they have certainly reduced our need for internal email they have caused their own set of productivity distractions. How do we deal with this distractions before they completely kill our productivity. Oh, and email isn't really going anywhere so let's learn some triage techniques that some of our favorite CEO's use everyday. SPONSOR: Bench. With Bench, you get a professional bookkeeping team to do your books for you and our simple, elegant software to review your finances. It's everything you need to forget about your bookkeeping, without actually forgetting about your bookkeeping. Go to Bench.co/rocketship and get 20% off your first 6 months.

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Interview: Natalie Nagele of Wildbit

Today we talk with Natalie Nagel Co-founder and CEO of Wildbit. Wildbit is known for it's popular products Beanstalk, Postmark and Deploybot. We talk about productivity and how they've built it into the culture at Wildbit.

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The Future of Workspace Design (Productivity Ep 2)

In the second episode of our productivity series we dive into what makes a productive workspace. Spoiler alert - there’s no single answer. We get different perspectives on open vs. closed offices, clean vs. messy desks, and sitting vs. standing (and even walking) while you work. While we can’t tell you what’s best for you, you’ll definitely walk away from this episode with some food for thought on your current setup.

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Interview: Amir Salihefendic of Todoist

Amir Salihefendic talks with us about his inspiration for creating Todoist, a productivity apps for individuals and teams. he walks us through some of his personal habits that help him stay sharp, focused and productive as well as how he's empowered his team to be more productive day after day.

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Why are we obsessed with productivity? (Productivity Ep 1)

“How will we all keep busy when we only have to work 15 hours a week?” That was the question that actually worried the economist John Maynard Keynes when he wrote his short essay “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren” in 1930. Over the next century, he predicted, the economy would become so productive that people would barely need to work at all. So what happened? Why are we so obsessed with productivity today?

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Interview: Benedikt Lehnert of Wunderlist on Designing Software for Everyday Life

Benedikt Lehnert, Chief Design Officer at Wunderlist, talked with us about how they approach design. They consistently go back to consider the thing they're replacing (in the case of Wunderlist, it's pen and paper), and design for the best possible experience, not just the prettiest app.

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Interview: Al Bsharah on Fantastic Techniques to Motivate Your Team

In this special compilation episode, we talk with the founders of three very different companies about the unique (and effective) ways they motivate their teams. No matter your stage, there's something valuable for everyone to take away from this episode. A very special thank you to Al Bsharah, Bryan Hall, Angela Cois and Mel Gordon.

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Interview: Thomas Knoll of PrimeLoop on Why Your Company Should Ban Email

Thomas Knoll, Founder of PrimeLoop, talks about why he’s baked the “no internal email” rule into his company. He talks about the insane benefits to workflow, culture, and sanity, as well as how any company can start to implement the same processes, regardless of size. He shares what tools they use to replace the need for email and why each is so much more efficient both in the short, and the long run.

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Interview: Owais Peer of Global App Testing on Time Management Tips to Make Your Team Insanely Productive

Owais Peer, Co-Founder of Global App Testing, talks about his unique productivity hacks he uses with his entire team. We also discuss his bottom up approach to management and how they use the Pomodoro technique to measure just about everything on their to-do list.

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Interview: Alex Moore of Boomerang on The Ultra-Creative Viral Hooks Boomerang Used to Scale

Alex Moore, Founder and CEO of Boomerang, talks with us about viral tactics he used to grow a product that most people didn’t want others to know they were using. He also shares a hilarious story of how he got his first investor, Dave McClure.

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